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Being an entrepreneur is tough, especially when you’re ready to hit the ground running and get your business idea started as soon as possible. If you have a business degree, you might feel ready and prepared for the journey that lies ahead of you, but the truth is that, like with many careers, you’ll do most of your learning on the job. No matter how much theoretical knowledge you have, nothing compares to gaining actual experience


Before jumping the gun, keep these tips in mind when starting up your new business.


You need more than money.


While earning money is an important part of running a successful business, you can’t focus solely on the capital you raise. Figure out a sound business model to work off, generate consistent cash flow for your business, and focus on the people you hire to help your business run smoothly. After all, you can’t run a business by yourself—you need people there to help you, and to keep them on board you need to understand their needs. 


Do you compensate them adequately for their work? Are you investing in their training? Do you know what they need to succeed? Even if they don’t stay with you, you need to train them to be their very best for as long as they remain with you.


Choose the right business for you.


If you’re not passionate about sports, why would you open up and try to run a shop strictly dedicated to them? When you’re running a business, the line between success and failure can be broken simply by choosing the wrong path to go down. Not only do you have to be committed to what you’re doing, but you also have to look at the market to figure out your success rate. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try or how competent a worker you are, the market conditions won’t be in your favor, and your business will fail. Look at the market you want to go into and determine whether you’ll be able to succeed based on the conditions.


Find a work-life balance.


It’s far too easy to let work slip into your personal life, and this is a bad thing to succumb to. You need to have a separation between yourself and your work life, lest you want to become burned out and unproductive from how much of yourself you put into your business. Not only will separating yourself from work prevent burn out, but it will also keep you from confusing personal finances with your business finances. View yourself as an employee and a shareholder to help yourself avoid that.